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Born Sheela
(1945-03-22) 22 March 1945 (age 69)
Thrissur, Cochin State, India
Spouse(s) Ravichandran (actor)
Children 1
Parents Kanimangalam Antony, Gracy

Sheela is an Indian film actress best known for her work in Malayalam cinema.[1] She, along with Prem Nazir, holds the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (107) together as heroine and hero.[2][3] In 2005 she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sheela was born in Thrissur, Kerala in a Syrian Christian family to Railway officer Kanimangalam Antony and Gracy, on 22 March 1945 . She was brought up in Ooty, thirichi, ernakulam, and coimputur. She has three sisters and two brothers.

Sheela was married to Xavier, editor of an English National newspaper, which ended in divorce.[5]Later she married Tamil actor Ravichandran which also ended in divorce. They have a son George (Vishnu), who acts in Tamil serials. George (Vishnu) is married to Smitha and they have two daughters. George has acted in a Malayalam movie Five Star Hospital.[6]

Film career[edit]

She holds, along with Prem Nazir, the Guinness book record for acting in the largest number of films (107) together consecutively. In 2005 she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Akale. Sheela made her debut in Paasam. Her first film in Malayalam was Bhagyajathakom. The next two decades saw her essay roles in more than 475 films totally in various languages such as Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and Malayalam. Films included Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha Kathreena and Vazhve Mayam. She has won awards such as Kerala State Film Awards, the Lux award and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award.[7] In Kannapanunni she plays the role of a powerful yet humane princess forced to marry a poor woodcutter. In another movie, Kadathanattu Makkam, she plays the role of a princess who is cheated by her sisters in law and false allegations of being in love with a boatman are levelled against her. She and the boatman are both charged with the death sentence. She and Prem Nazir hold the Guinness Book of World Records for acting together consecutively in 107 films. In the 70s and 80s, she directed two films, Yakshaganom and Shikarangal. She wrote the story, script, and screenplay for Shikharangaland Yakshagaanam, which was also remade in Tamil. Besides films, she has directed a tele-film Ninaivukale neengividu in which Jayabharathi acted. She in films including Vishnu Vijayam and Eeta as heroine with kamalahasan. She acted as Akhilandeswary in the 2005 Chandramukhi. She has also authored a book, titled Kuilinte Kooduand many short stories. She is a painter.

Sheela returned to acting, playing main role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Manassinakkare. Sheela received the Kerala State Film Award for best actress in the film Akale.

She was to hole the first film fans accosiation for a lady in kerala that called"Sheela Fans association"


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
  • Best Actress – 1969 – Various Films
  • Best Actress – 1971 – Various Films
  • Best Actress – 1976 – Anubhavam
Filmfare Awards South
Asianet Film Awards





  • Chandramukhi (2005)
  • Seedan (2011) Amritavalli
  • Pasam
  • Karuppupanam
  • lorry driver
  • Penne Unakku vendi
  • Iravum Pagalum
  • Moondru eluthu
  • Nijama Ithu
  • Kattu Maina
  • Nee manithana


  • nenena managadu With NTR
  • Vigithra Kudumbam with Soban Babu
  • Bale Mastru with Krishna
  • gowrawam
  • Simhasanam

Story, Screen Play,and Direction[edit]

  • Yakshagaanam (1976)
  • Sikharangal (1979)
  • neenivayukale neengi vidu
  • neenga nalla irrukkanum


  • Jeevitham Sakshi (Kairali TV)[8] as presenter
  • Sthree (Asianet News) as presenter


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